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How AI Can Accidentally Recreate Prejudices From the Real World

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Last year, it was revealed that Amazon's facial recognition software, 'Rekognition' matched Congresspeople's headshots with photos from inside a mugshot database. In total, 28 members of Congress were falsely identified as other people that had previously been arrested for committing criminal offenses. The false matches were disproportionate toward people of color, including six members of the Congressional Black Caucus, among these was civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis. In July of 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union conducted an independent analysis using the same default settings that Amazon's Rekognition software uses. This analysis ran a check on the whole of Congress against 25,000 publicly available arrest photographs.


A brief history of machine learning in cybersecurity

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David Barton is chief information security officer (CISO) at Stellar Cyber, a Silicon Valley-based security company that created the industry's first Open Detection and Response (Open-XDR) platform. Barton has more than 20 years of experience in security leadership roles across a variety of industries, including telecommunications, healthcare, software development, finance and government. He has led security operations at marquee companies including AT&T/Cingular, Sprint/Nextel, Five Iron, Forcepoint and HireRight. Barton holds an executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, a Bachelor of Science in management information systems from Simpson College and a CISSP certification.


The Apple Card algo issue: What you need to know about A.I. in everyday life

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When tech entrepreneur David Heinmeier Hansson recently took to Twitter saying the Apple Card gave him a credit limit that was 20 times higher than his wife's, despite the fact that she had a higher credit score, it may have been the first major headline about algorithmic bias you read in your everyday life. It was not the first -- there have been major stories about potential algorithmic bias in child care and insurance -- and it won't be the last. The chief technology officer of project management software firm Basecamp, Heinmeier was not the only tech figure speaking out about algorithmic bias and the Apple Card. In fact, Apple's own co-founder Steve Wozniak had a similar experience. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren even got in on the action, bashing Apple and Goldman, and regulators said they are launching a probe.


AI and Medical Diagnosis

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In the golden age of Artificial Intelligence, healthcare is the new frontier of research and development. Surgeons are routinely using robotic assists to operate with less invasiveness and more precision. Gene sequencing and gene editing aided by AI is transforming the way scientists obtain cures for diseases. But, most notably, research is underway to allow AI to transform the way doctors diagnose patients. You have symptoms of a cold.


Artificial Intelligence Innovations in APAC Future of Work Cognizant

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These days, the words artificial intelligence (AI) and China are almost synonymous. In fact, any media or business circle discussions regarding AI would seem incomplete without a mention of China, and it's no secret that the Chinese government and Chinese tech companies continue to invest heavily in building AI-related capabilities as part of their goal to make China a global AI leader. China is undeniably well on its way to becoming a world leader of the AI age. However, in the midst of their excitement over China, many global leaders are underestimating the potential for AI adoption that the rest of the Asia Pacific has to offer. In my recent report, I noted that almost every country and every industry in the Asia Pacific region is interested in becoming AI-first.


Chinese killer robots sold to Middle East will leave 'every human dead'

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China is selling its most advanced "fully autonomous" military drones with fears that it could lead to a bloodbath in the Middle East. The Asian superpower is reportedly selling AI-enhanced combat drones to the region, with potentially disastrous consequences. Prof Toby Walsh, of the University of NSW, in Australia, said: "They would be impossible to defend yourself against. "Once the shooting starts, every human on the battlefield will be dead." US Defence Sec Mark Esper has said that China is selling drones programmed to decide themselves who lives or dies. He told a conference on Artificial Intelligence: "As we speak, the Chinese government is already exporting some of its most advanced military aerial drones to the Middle East as it prepares to export its next generation stealth UAVs when those come online.


AntWorks partners with SEED Group to drive adoption of Artificial Intelligence in the GCC

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AntWorks, a global provider of artificial intelligence and intelligent automation solutions powered by fractal science, today announced an exclusive partnership with the SEED Group, a member of The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum. The partnership will support expansion of intelligent automation within the Middle East (ME), a region where AI is expected to become a US$320 billion by 2030. The SEED Group establishes groundbreaking companies with a strong presence in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and will work with AntWorks to offer ethical AI solutions for GCC companies with ANTsteinTM SQUARE, the world's first and only Integrated Automation Platform (IAP), powered by fractal science. AntWorks seek to replicate its success across Asia, the UK and US, where the organisation has automated entire business processes end-to-end for many clients across the BFSI (Banking, Financial Services and Insurance), transportation, logistics and public sector, among others. With successful adoption of AntWorks' IAP solution, businesses will stand to save millions and realise increased performance and efficiency by automating and processing business data, including unstructured data, which will make up 80% of the world's data by 2025.


Use of geospatial AI for business development

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When it comes to the relationship between business development and technological innovation, we can generally separate two schools of thought. There are those who believe that technological progress is what propels businesses forward. And on the other hand, there are those who are certain that business investments are what makes innovations like contemporary geospatial AI possible. As with most opposing opinions – the truth is somewhere in between. Or, rather, the relations between cutting-edge tech and emerging business sectors are a never-ending circle; with business financing the research and development that enables the appearance of new tech, which in turn leads to new business opportunities and sectors.


China Investing in 'Artificial Intelligence' Warfare to Threaten US Military Superiority

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NEW YORK--China is eroding America's military superiority and conventional deterrence through the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) systems in its military strategies, operations, and capabilities, an independent U.S. federal commission warned, adding that the United States needs to step up investment in the technology and apply it to national security missions. China's communist regime has established research and development institutes to advance its military applications of AI. Those institutes are equivalent to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)--a U.S. agency under the Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for military use. Military applications of AI technologies are being developed by Chinese researchers in the areas of "swarming, decision support, and information operations," while the country's defense industry is pursuing the development of "increasingly autonomous weapons systems," an interim report released by The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence said on Nov. 4. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) declared it would be the world leader in AI by 2030, part of its broader strategy to challenge America's military and economic position in Asia, as Beijing also pursues a process of "intelligentization" as a new imperative of its military modernization.


AI for plant breeding in an ever-changing climate

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Dan Jacobson, a research and development staff member in the Biosciences Division at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has a few ideas. For the past 5 years, Jacobson and his team have studied plants to understand the genetic variables and patterns that make them adaptable to changing environments and climates. As a computational biologist, Jacobson uses some of the world's most powerful supercomputers for his work--including the recently decommissioned Cray XK7 Titan and the world's most powerful and smartest supercomputer for open science, the IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer, both located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility at ORNL. Last year, Jacobson and his team won an Association for Computing Machinery Gordon Bell Prize after using a special computing technique known as "mixed precision" on Summit to become the first group to reach exascale speed--approximately a quintillion calculations per second. Jacobson's team is currently working on numerous projects that form an integrated roadmap for the future of AI in plant breeding and bioenergy.